Waiting On God: Sermon By Deaconess Jackie Wandia
For when God made [His] promise to Abraham, He swore by Himself, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, Saying, Blessing I certainly will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you. And so it was that he [Abraham], having waited long and endured patiently, realized and obtained [in the birth of Isaac as a pledge of what was to come] what God had promised him. Men indeed swear by a greater [than themselves], and with them in all disputes the oath taken for confirmation is final [ending strife]. Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath.
This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us]. [Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek.Hebrews 6:13-20
God swore and made an oath to Abraham to prove that He would surely do what He promise.
Receive God’s word by faith as God will do it. There is no need to perform as He will surely do it. The word you receive as you wait will anchor you.
God’s word of promise has nothing to do with us but everything to do with God.
So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.Isaiah 55:11
God makes us goes through seasons of waiting so that He prepares us.
Waiting can be tough but if you focus on God as you wait, you will be transformed. Hope anchors us and faith is the backbone as we wait.
Two things can happen when you receive a word from God:
- We can doubt it because of its magnitude.
- We can get excited for the word and it ends there.
The length of the wait should not disqualify the word God has spoken or the one who has spoken it.
How you receive the word is just as important as how you wait.
God desires for us to rest as we wait so that we do not get frustrated.
Partner with God through joy as you wait. The joy of the Lord is your strength.
The place of waiting on God is a place of learning how to be content with God’s provision where you are.
Waiting involves seeking God. It is a place of going deeper in prayer, His word and meditating on who God is rather than our circumstance.
Waiting is preparation. Waiting is not a punishment. Nothing is as sad as an opportunity presented to someone who is unprepared.
Waiting avails the opportunity to be prepared and perfected for that which God has already prepared for us.
God Himself is the embodiment of patience as He does a good and perfect work. God is not mediocre.
We are enlarged in the waiting though we do not see it as we are drawn towards God. As we wait, God is growing our capacity & affirming our identity.
Without knowledge of who God is and trust in Him, we will be unable to wait.
[For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be. He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb. No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.Romans 4:18-21
When waiting on God, recall what He has done before & praise Him. As you give thanks, you will be strengthened.
Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].1 Thessalonians 5:18
You cannot get the promise of God outside of His time. You have to wait for the fullness of time. Impatience will frustrate you.
Benefits of waiting:
- He matures our faith & grows character
- He increases our trust, wisdom & capacity
- Waiting strengthens you
God does not want us to be miserable as we wait. In many ways, waiting is a gift from God we tend to ignore God desires us to wait with expectation and with hope as an anchor. When you wait on God, you won’t be disappointed or put to shame.
Go back to God and ask Him how He desires you to wait and what He needs you to do as you wait. If you focus on Him, He will give you so much insight.
When you wait outside of God’s presence you will become hopeless. Recount His faithfulness. Seek His wisdom as you wait.
God desires us to get to a place where we wait on Him confidently being fully persuaded that He will do what He has promised.
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